Frustration at continued lack of action by Transport for London to ensure the safety of all road users across London resulted in a ‘go-slow’ protest on January 9th at King’s Cross. A second event is now planned by Bikes Alive for 6pm 23 January – meet outside the current front entrance to KX Station – and everyone is invited.
Although the focus of the protest is safety for cyclists, the benefits that would result in roads designed with more thought for all road users are something that pedestrians and motor vehicle drivers would share. In King’s Cross, residents, workers and commuters are left in the top 10% most dangerous places in the country for road traffic accidents according to Government figures. On top of this, the soaring popularity of cycling here has not been catered for by TfL.
TfL has promised a review of the entire King’s Cross gyratory this year. However many remain sceptical about how the review will be managed and what pre-arranged findings there may already be, especially given the recent debarcle at the equally dangerous Bow roundabout. TfL has been accused of criminal neglect in its proposals for the roundabout, and of pitting cyclists against pedestrians. King’s Cross certainly shares the fears of Bow roundabout users with campaigners pushing for a charge of corporate manslaughter to be brought against the organisation responsible for implementing the Mayor’s Transport Strategy for London.
Anyone interested in helping to organise the protest on January 23rd is invited to a planning meeting at Housmans Bookshop, 7pm 19th January. There’s lots to do so even if you can only offer a tiny amount of time, you would be most welcome. For more information, contact BikesAlive@london.com.